Lot 74

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1988
Youssef Abdelke (b. 1951)
charcoal on cardboard
36 x 47 cm
signed

Private Collection, Damascus.


Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
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    ABOUT Youssef Abdelke
    Lives in Syria From cynically drawn figures to symbolic still lifes many of Youssef Abdelke’s series contain commentary about the conflict in Syria. During the war, he explained, “I think all the works in one way or another try to express the concerns and emotions of the ordinary Syrian citizen amid this huge river of blood.” Born in Qamishli,...
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    “His vision is so intense that you have the impression of waking up from a dream when looking at his works. It is as if you had never really seen, in depth and in relief, what a simple fish is. Abdelke penetrates the skull, or the fish, or a woman’s shoe, just like Michaux ‘entered’ in an apple.
    Observation and the utmost attention are not enough. Everything happens as if he wanted to re-invent the world, protect it for good from offence, indifference and omission. It is as if he was himself-dead in front of the ox’s skull and that he wanted all living phenomena to replace him, the Syrian engraver. It is not ‘Abdelke’ who interests him but rather everything that Abdelke isn’t, everything that will survive to Abdelke and everything that goes beyond, far beyond, Abdelke.”
    - Alain Jouffroy, French Poet & Art Critic

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